Review and comparison across training periods of the activities of the Pennsylvania/MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center (2002-2004)
AbstractThe Pennsylvania/MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center (PA/MA AETC) is among the largest professional training providers for HIV treatment education in the world. The program seeks to improve HIV-related and primary care for underserved populations by strengthening the capacity of clinician and other providers to understand and treat these populations. Training is organized into three basic levels: didactic(Level I), skills building(Level II), clinical hands on training(Level III), a recipient-driven clinical consultation (Level IV) and technical assistance (Level V).During the 2002-2003 grant cycle(study year 1), the AETC provided a total of 847 structured training events (Levels I through III), as well as 429 clinical consultations and 628 responses to requests for technical assistance. For the grant cycle 2003-2004(study year 2), the AETC provided a total of 877 structured training events (Levels I through III), as well as 912 clinical consultations and 842 responses to requests for technical assistance. Data collected by the PA/MA AETC was obtained separately for each year and data analysis was performed using Minitab and Access. Pie and vertical bar charts were created in SigmaPlot to summarize activities over the two years. The evaluation demonstrates the nature and extent of AETC training and the ways it may contribute to enhancing the knowledge and skills of the participants. The two core evaluation questions for 2002-2004 are the following 1) do the programs reach the primary care provider audiences with a focus on Ryan White, community/migrant health centers (CMHCs), minority providers, and those serving medically-underserved and the poor and 2) do the regional programs address key content areas that address Ryan White CARE Act (the largest source of federal funding for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States) requirements.A review of the data shows that a large percentage of AETC training participants are minorities or treat minorities and are serving a heavy minority client/patient caseload. More than half of the participants are physicians and nurses. Employees of CARE Act-funded agencies form a large proportion of the total trainees enabling them to acquire the latest HIV treatment knowledge and skills. The AETC strengthens their HIV knowledge and skills by providing training in advanced clinical management topics as well as topics relevant to understanding and working with the special populations served by many of the trainees. Collectively, these training activities contribute to enhancing both the quality and the continuity of HIV-related care provided to underserved and vulnerable populations across the Pennsylvania/MidAtlantic region by clinicians and other health care providers.
TypeUniversity of Pittsburgh ETD
Leyzarovich, Darya (2005) Review and comparison across training periods of the activities of the Pennsylvania/MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center (2002-2004). Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh.